Have you ever got a chance of traveling abroad for free?

Business Travel to a foreign country - I have never traveled abroad, but very soon I will have a free travel to South Korea in mid-May. It is exciting to me.
China
April 16, 2013 11:21am CST
I was right in the grocery market this afternoon when I received a phone call from my boss. She called me to meet her in her office. When I got back to her college office, she asked me how long I have been working in the school and told me that I will still be in the charge of part of the foreign affairs next year. Then she told me that she had decided to have me take some of the students who would like to pay a visit to a certain college in South Korea, together with another teacher sometime in middle May this year. I was very happy to hear this and appreciated her for her choosing me to do this job. In fact, I have never been abroad. Now this chance has come to me. I will take good advantage of it. I know it is not an easy job to take more than ten students to a foreign country. So tomorrow evening I will leave for my hometown for the formality of my passport. This chance of going abroad is free of charge on my side. It is really exciting. Have you ever been abroad or have you ever got a free travel to a foreign country? Your responses are welcome with appreciation. Thanks a lot for your response in advance. 0:22a.m. April 17th, 2013.
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15 responses
@doggydimon (1370)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
I was fortunate enough to have been accepted in a company who gives the whole office a travel incentive once a year. Our boss sees to it that we can at least travel to a place altogether and discover the place and at the same time have some fun. Depending on our sales performance, that travel may be local or international. I am fortunate again that for the last few years we were able to hit our target and have our incentive trip abroad. As time goes by, my boss is becoming more generous. Besides the free trip with complete meals and accommodation, lately she is also giving us allowance for that trip for us to spend.
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• China
25 Apr 13
Hello friend. I admire you for having such a good boss. My boss is already good, but not as good as yours, who is more generous to her staff. You are really lucky to work in that company. With that travel incentive, I am sure that all of you work harder and more effective for the aim. Keep it up, please.
@maximax8 (31123)
• United Kingdom
16 Apr 13
I usually have to pay for my traveling and I do it low budget if I can. This year I will be taking my two kids to the Ukraine and Moldova by train. It is a trip I am paying for. Only once have I had accommodation paid for as a grant. It was in 1997 in the Netherlands. I did that trip as part of my degree. I traveled there by Euro Star train to Brussels then two Dutch trains. It is wonderful that you will be traveling to South Korea on a free trip.
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• China
16 Apr 13
Hello maximam. I am glad to know that you have been to so many countries in the world, but I have never been to a foreign country because of financial status and supporting my family. Now this chance offers a wonderful chance. So I will grab it. I am looking forward to traveling there in mid-May. Have a good day.
@wolfie34 (26771)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 13
Yes, that sounds incredibly exciting my friend, especially if you have never been abroad before, I would take the opportunity, you can learn so much by going to another country and even better when it's all paid for! I have been abroad to lots of places but unfortunately never for free! It's towards the end of April now so it won't be long, the way time goes so fast!
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• China
27 Apr 13
You are right that it won't be long before mid-May comes to us. I cannot wait to go for this wonderful and miraculous trip for me. Have a great day, wolfie.
@AmbiePam (59163)
• United States
29 Apr 13
That is really cool! Congratulations. I have been sent on a trip for free, but it was a while ago. I won a prize that sent me and anyone I wanted (I chose my sister) to Sydney, Australia, and then on to New Zealand. It was really cool. I'm sure you'll have just as much fun!
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• China
21 Jun 13
Hello AmbiePam. I went together with my Principal and twelve students to South Korea for a visit. It is an exciting and pleasant five-day trip. We left for South Korea on the afternoon of May 26th and got back to my own country on the afternoon of 30th of May. I miss the trip and the people I met there. It is an unforgettable memory.
@youless (108965)
• Guangzhou, China
17 Apr 13
That's a great news! I haven't got a chance of traveling abroad for free. So you really meet a good boss. I wonder how long time you will be in South Korea. If it can be in summer vacation, probably it will be longer I hope you will enjoy your travel there.
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• China
21 Apr 13
Hello youless. I just got back today from my hometown for the passport and will get it in fifteen days. My boss told me that it will be about five or six days in the second half of May. It is exciting to me because it will be my first time to travel abroad.
• India
28 Apr 13
well, i have travelled abroad but i did not pay for it, or my parents they paid or for now my husband pays... so i do not know if i say i travel for free... but i still did not travel with my own money..
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• China
21 Jun 13
I think that it is still your own money because it came from your family members.
@michecu (637)
• Philippines
8 Dec 13
Yes, my former employer invited me for an interview when I was still applying for a certain position in their institution ... they spent for everything - flight and accommodation.
@ptrikha_2 (40378)
• India
13 Sep 13
I did went on official trips abroad by my company 2-3 times.
@succeednow (1633)
• Singapore
16 Apr 13
Hi william, Yes, it must be exciting for you especially if it's your first time going abroad. Don't forget that you also have a great responsibility to take care of so many children. Good luck and have a pleasant trip.
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• China
17 Apr 13
You are right that I am responsible for their safety while traveling abroad. My boss also emphasized it to me. Gladly, there are two teachers and about twelve students for the travel. It is acceptable to me. Before going abroad, I will have to organize them for training first to some degree. Take care, succeednow.
@Raine38 (11503)
• United States
16 Apr 13
Yes, my previous work sponsored my whole department to an all-expense paid trip to Hong Kong fo a job well done. Well, we leave some sort of skeletal force so as not to leave the department really empty. It is actually a team-building thing. We did an Amazing Race stint in Hong Kong complete with prizes and shopping sprees.
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• China
17 Apr 13
You had so much fun there in Hongkong. I wish someday I could have a chance to visit there as well. Have a good day, Raine.
@Kmz059 (652)
• Philippines
16 Apr 13
Good for you, and always grab oppurtunity. I never travelled for free and I haven't go to other country yet. But one day I can travel arround the world (in my dreams) :)))
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• China
16 Apr 13
Hello Kmz. I wish you would have such a chance, too, when you are working in a company and sent to have a business travel abroad. Good luck and have a good day.
@Deepak2J (1178)
• India
16 Apr 13
not yet
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• China
16 Apr 13
Thanks for the response, Deepak. Have a good day.
@emily7339 (1338)
• Malaysia
17 Apr 13
That is a marvellous gift for you. However, You are going with a responsibility and I hope you will get to enjoy yourself too ! Yes, I had it twice. The first time was from the company which I worked. The boss rewarded me and another colleague of mine a free travel to London many years ago. And the second time is from my husband's friend. He paid for my family a free trip to U.S. (New York). He also rented a van and drives us from one place to another. It was fun and we also got lost on a certain occasions. I was so fearful of going up the TwinTowers (it is sad that it has been now ground zero) as is was in glasses all over. The overall two free trips were the best gifts my family and I had in my life .
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• China
21 Apr 13
Hello emily. Those are wonderful gifts you have ever got--traveling to London and New York, two of the metropolitan cities known to the world. Wish you to get more chances like this. Enjoy your life, emily.
• China
17 Apr 13
Hello william It was a very very big news for you,I think.Congratulations to you!! I guess you are a teacher,right?Indeed you should capitalize on it. Have a good day.
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• China
17 Apr 13
That is why today I will leave for my hometown faraway for the formalities of my passport. Thanks a lot for the response. Have a good day, daisylove.
@pauline08 (101)
• China
19 Jul 13
Three years ago, I ever went to Switzerland for a business travel. We stayed there for one week, but most time, we were in the custormer's office. Life in there is a little diffucult for us, because many people there don't study English, and the stree name, restaurant name and most of other things are not written in English. When we were lost in the street, one young Switzerland guy enthusiastically helped us the correct direction. He said he wanted to study English, but the chance to talk with foreigners is diffucult. At the last day, we went shopping. In the watch shop, we met a China clerk. She said she had been in Switzerland for about 10 years. It's nice to talk in our own language, so we bought three watches from her :)